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Every Day, A Gift

     To say I space my posts out is sort of an understatement. And this is more of a post to just say I haven’t abandoned this blog entirely despite evidence to the contrary. My latest project has been creating a backyard sanctuary, both for myself and the little denizens of the suburbs: toads, treefrogs, birds, squirrels, rabbits, ducks, geese, and the like. I will be posting photos of my progress soon. Continue reading Every Day, A Gift

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A Grain of Sand

     The problem with getting behind on your blog is that the more time that goes by the harder it is to update. Not because there is nothing to write about, but because there is so much to write about. Like just about everyone else, I have a lot of opinions about the election, and a lot of thoughts about the future of this country. But this is not a political one, so that is about the extent of my commentary on that. I am also a firm believer in living in the moment, which doesn’t mean I don’t think about the past or worry about the future, just that I am most concerned about today, and what I can do to make the most out of this very precious day. And most days there is so much to do  that once I fall out of the habit of writing it is hard to find the time again. Suddenly things that seemed so pressing to write about no longer seem all that relevant to the present moment. Continue reading A Grain of Sand

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Challenges

     Yesterday was a big day for nonprofits across Minnesota; it was Give to the Max Day. This is the annual fundraising day many nonprofits and schools across Minnesota use to raise money. Right from the start the website, which always seems to have some issues, had major issues and crashed. It was down for hours, leaving nonprofits scrambling to keep their supporters updated. I personally had people emailing or texting me wanting to know if their donation went through. Unfortunately, I couldn’t immediately confirm that, because I couldn’t see our page either or access our donation report. Eventually the problem was fixed and the page functioned fairly well for the rest of the day, but not before many nonprofits lost valuable hours for fundraising. People really want to support the causes they believe in; most of the nonprofits on the site are smaller ones that really rely on this day, including mine. Continue reading Challenges

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The Work/Life Balance

     The work/life balance is something I struggle with all the time. I have always been incredibly hard working, and my life’s work will only end when I become too old and frail to manage the rescue. But that isn’t my whole life. I have my studio work, where I create art just for myself. After years of selling work I discovered I mostly enjoy creating when I don’t have to think about selling it. I also try to create pieces to sell. These are few and far in between as is any work I complete for myself.  It is a necessary part of my day; creating is something I need. But the most important aspect of my life is being a parent. While creating and creativity are a necessary part of my existence, it is just part of who I am, being a parent is the greatest joy I know. Continue reading The Work/Life Balance

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New Beginnings

Mario needs to adjust to a new daily routine, now that school has started
My son’s bird Mario needs to adjust to a new daily routine, now that school has started

     My life is full of  milestones, of new beginnings, both in my personal life and in the rescue. This year my son made the big change from elementary school to middle school. It was a change I have been dreading, not really being sure how he would do. We spent time over the summer talking about it and how he should manage his day, and of course the teachers spend a lot of the first week helping the sixth graders adjust to new expectations. I am lucky that he likes routines and schedules, and as soon as he understands what is expected of him, thrives in new situations. I can also communicate with him (at least until he hits his teen years) and he can tell me of his worries and fears. But when a new bird comes into the shelter, how do I begin to help them adjust to the sudden world of change in which they are placed? Continue reading New Beginnings

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Heat Wave

     The first truly hot week of the summer ended  this past Saturday; I am not a fan of the heat, having spent my early childhood in New England and subsequent years firmly in the upper Midwest. My heart will forever belong in part to coastal living, and I definitely am comfortable only in cooler climates and  prefer temperatures below freezing to anything close to triple digits. But years of art fairs and now farmer’s markets means that not only  do I have to be able to work outside in the heat, I need to make my products.  And although that can be challenging, I am an early riser so am able to complete my batches of salsa, jam, or scones often before 9 am and at least beat the heat that way. Continue reading Heat Wave